Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education BISE Rawalpindi makes ‘foolproof’ arrangements for holding SSC annual exams

Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education BISE Rawalpindi  makes ‘foolproof’ arrangements for holding SSC annual exams

RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has made foolproof arrangements for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) annual examinations said Chairman RBISE, Prof. Ghulam Muhammad Jhaggar.
He informed that total 338 examination centers have been set up in Rawalpindi division.
Prof. Ghulam Muhammad Jhaggar said that a total of 103.035 candidates including 64,426 regular and 38,609 private students are appearing in the examination.
RBISE established 338 examination centres in its affiliated districts including 129 for male and 132 for female while 77 combined centers have also been set up. 57 examination centers established in district Attock, 70 in district Chakwal and 54 in district Jhelum while 66 local exam centers and 91 in adjoining areas of Rawalpindi have also been set up.
Talking to APP the chairman said that roll number slips of the regular candidates were sent to the heads of their respective schools and of the private candidates were posted to the addresses mentioned in their admission forms.
To a question, he said that effective measures have been put in order to check booti mafia.
The teams of Mobile Inspectors, Distributing Inspectors, Resident Inspectors and Chairman’s Special Squad would check the centres and the entire examination process to ensure transparency and present their reports to him on daily basis. He told that he would also conduct raids to check examination centers to ensure transparency.
He informed that a Control Room with fax number 051-5450912, has also been set up in the Board office to address the complaints of the candidates as well as the examination staff.

Six percent Pakistanis use drugs

Six percent Pakistanis use drugs

ISLAMABAD: As many as 6.7 million Pakistan adults or 6 percent of the country’s population used drugs last year, according to a survey report 2013.
The survey report, first of its kind, was launched jointly by Narcotics Control Division, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) here on Tuesday. The report revealed that substantial proportion of Pakistan’s population aged 15 to 64 suffer from the devastating consequences of substance abuse. About 4.25 million individuals are thought to be drug dependent and treatment and specialist interventions are in short supply, available to less than 30,000 drug users a year. Moreover, not all structured treatment is free of charge.
Senior Joint Secretary Narcotics Control Division Zulqarnain Amir, while launching the report, said that Pakistan has a serious drug use problem affecting every fiber of the society. He said the government is committed to eradicate the menace of drug use from the country especially among the youth. Cesar Guedes, Representative United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, stated that national drug survey 2013 was conducted for the first time in the region and it provided a comprehensive data of drug use and drug related HIV.
The data provided in the report will form the base line for future planning and designing of drug prevention and treatment programmes in Pakistan. He said that the objectives of the survey were to provide reliable estimates of the prevalence of drug use among the population aged 15 to 64 in Pakistan. Cannabis was found to be the most commonly used drug in Pakistan as 3.6 per cent of the adult population or four million people are listed as its users. Opiates, namely opium and heroin, are used by almost one percent of overall drugs users (860,000 chronic heroin users) and the highest levels of use are seen in the provinces which border principal poppy cultivating areas in neighbouring Afghanistan.
Significant differences in patterns of consumption by type of drug used are observed among men and women. While men are more likely to use cannabis and opiates, the use of tranquillisers and sedatives and prescription amphetamines is higher among women. A series of surveys was conducted throughout the four provinces and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, including interviews of 4,533 high-risk drug users, 58 drug treatment centre representatives, 1,198 key informants and 51,453 participants randomly selected from the general population.

Court orders Google to remove anti-Islam film from YouTube

Court orders Google to remove anti-Islam film from YouTube

Court orders Google to remove anti-Islam film from YouTube

Court orders Google to remove anti-Islam film from YouTube

Google Inc was ordered by a U.S. federal appeals court to remove an anti-Islamic film that had sparked protests in the Middle East from its YouTube website.

By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Google’s assertion that the removal of the film “Innocence of Muslims” amounted to a prior restraint of speech that violated the U.S. Constitution.

The plaintiff, Cindy Lee Garcia, had objected to the film after learning that it incorporated a clip she had made for a different movie, which had been partially dubbed and in which she appeared to be asking “Is your Mohammed a child molester?”
A lower court had refused Garcia’s request that Google remove the film from YouTube. But the 9th Circuit said Garcia was likely to prevail on her copyright claim, and having already faced “serious threats against her life” faced irreparable harm absent an injunction.

 

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ordered Google Inc to remove from its YouTube video-sharing website an anti-Islamic film that had sparked protests across the Muslim world.
By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected Google’s assertion that the removal of the film “Innocence of Muslims,” amounted to a prior restraint of speech that violated the U.S. Constitution.
The plaintiff, Cindy Lee Garcia, had objected to the film after learning that it incorporated a clip she had made for a different movie, which had been partially dubbed and in which she appeared to be asking: “Is your Mohammed a child molester?”
Representatives for Google could not immediately be reached for comment.
Cris Armenta, a lawyer for Garcia, said she is delighted with the decision.
“Ordering YouTube and Google to take down the film was the right thing to do,” Armenta said in an email. “The propaganda film differs so radically from anything that Ms. Garcia could have imagined when the director told her that she was being cast in the innocent adventure film.”
The controversial film, billed as a film trailer, depicted the Prophet Mohammed as a fool and a sexual deviant. It sparked a torrent of anti-American unrest among Muslims in Egypt, Libya and other countries in 2012.
That outbreak coincided with an attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. U.S. and other foreign embassies were also stormed in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
For many Muslims, any depiction of the prophet is considered blasphemous.
Google had refused to remove the film from YouTube, despite pressure from the White House and others, though it blocked the trailer in Egypt, Libya and certain other countries.
Garcia had claimed that her performance within the film was independently copyrightable and that she retained an interest in that copyright. A lower court had refused her request that Google remove the film from YouTube.
But in Wednesday’s decision, 9th Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski said Garcia was likely to prevail on her copyright claim and having already faced “serious threats against her life,” faced irreparable harm absent an injunction.
He called it a rare and troubling case, given how Garcia had been duped. “It’s disappointing, though perhaps not surprising, that Garcia needed to sue in order to protect herself and her rights,” he wrote.

Punjab University Director Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) Prof Dr Aamir Ijaz delivers lecture at LCWU

Punjab University Director Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) Prof Dr Aamir Ijaz  delivers lecture at LCWU

LAHORE: Punjab University Director Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) Prof Dr Aamir Ijaz delivered a lecture on “Self Assessment Procedure” at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU). In this occasion LCWU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Sabiha Mansoor, Deans, Heads of different faculties and departments were present. Dr Sabiha said that QEC’s are the vital organs of Universities and SAR helps in identifying weakness and make improvements in the program. Dr Aamir guided program team members of LCWU about self assessment procedure and discussed criteria of self assessment manual. He also shared the good practices of QEC, PU with them. At the end there was a question / answer session. The presentation was very much appreciated by the participants; they said that such workshops should be conducted on regular basis.

Seminar on Majeed Amjad and Contemporary Poets at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Seminar on Majeed Amjad and Contemporary Poets  at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Seminar on Majeed Amjad and Contemporary Poets  at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Seminar on Majeed Amjad and Contemporary Poets at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

In the first half of the event, Dr. Nasir Abbas Nayyer studied in his paper, the nature of melancholy in Majeed Amjad’s poetry. Dr. Rauf Parekh analysed the linguistic aspects of Amjad’s poems, written during the last six years of his life whereas Dr. Khurshid Rizvi spoke on the salient characteristics of the entire corpus of his poetry. Majeed Amjad is one of the most significant Urdu poets of the twentieth century. Ignored by critics during his lifetime, he became prominent fourteen years after his death in 1974 when his collected works were edited and published. Born in 1914, this year also marks his centenary.

A poetry reading session in the second half of the event was an enthralling experience for the audience. Seven contemporary poets: Sarmad Sehbai, Nasreen Anjum Bhatti, Abrar Ahmed, Waheed Ahmed, Harris Khalique, Hameeda Shaheen and Yasmeen Hameed read out from their works, which was earlier introduced through a paper on modern poetry presented by Dr. Zia ul Hasan.

The event was very well attended by students as well as other guests.

MGSHSS Wins Top Trophy at the LUMS Annual Games

MGSHSS Wins Top Trophy at the LUMS Annual Games

MGSHSS Wins Top Trophy at the LUMS Annual Games

MGSHSS Wins Top Trophy at the LUMS Annual Games

The second LUMS Annual Games kicked off with a blast this year with a fun filled opening ceremony in which the LUMS faculty was pitted against the LUMS boys’ volleyball team in an exhibition match. This year was even better than the last, with the students exhibiting extraordinary athletic abilities and the schools giving it their all to win the annual trophy.

The second LUMS annual games raised the bar by hosting a carnival and the first annual LUMS marathon this year. Adur the band create an atmosphere of enthusiasm and delight at the carnival whereas the faculty participation in the marathon added to the fun. The games ended with two exciting events: an exhibition match between the girls’ basketball team and the Vice Chancellor’s team which ended in a draw with 16 points each and a faculty vs. students bench press competition which the faculty narrowly won by pressing 845 Kg vs. the students’ 500 Kg.

The house trophy for this year went to the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The second position was awarded to the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering and the Suleman Dawood School of Business came in in third place although they battled hard with excellent sportsman spirit.

 

Result of Inter School Events

POSITION POINTS SYSTEM TOTAL
1st Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities Social Sciences and Law 650
2nd Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering 485
3rd Suleman Dawood School of Business 400

 

Winners of Inter Department Events

POSITION POINTS SYSTEM
Arm Wrestling Muzammil Khan (library)
Badminton Ahmed Zaman (SSE)
Cricket Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering
Table Tennis Amjad Hussain (F & E)

 

Winners of the LUMS Annual Games Marathon are:

Student (M) Student (F) Faculty/Staff (M) Faculty/Staff (F) Walk Children
1st Abu Bakar Mahnoor Shahid Mr. Zahoor Ms. Zehra Gillani Dr. Zakir ullah Mubeen
2nd Umar Farooq Rabia Sohaag Dr. Adnan Khan Dr. Marayam Wasif Dr. Sultan Sial/ Dr.Amber Riaz Arooj
3rd Usman Imtiaz Sarah Tahir Mr. Farman Ali Ms. Shazia Zakir Dr. Faqir Bhatti Ayyan

LUMS and MCB Ink the Deal for a Cashless Campus

LUMS and MCB Ink the Deal for a Cashless Campus

LUMS and MCB Ink the Deal for a Cashless Campus

LUMS and MCB Ink the Deal for a Cashless Campus

The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and MCB Bank Ltd (MCB) signed an MoU to transform LUMS into a ‘cashless’campus on February 24. The project will showcase MCB Lite – the world’s 1st socially connected mobile wallet– specially designed to provide digital payments convenience in socially connected groups of people such as the LUMS student body, faculty and staff on campus.

On the occasion of signing the MoU, LUMS Vice Chancellor, Dr. Sohail Naqvi stated, “We are excited about this partnership with MCB. This is an excellent opportunity for our students to carry out research and development on a live banking platform. We want LUMS to be a hotbed of innovation in mobile banking and technology to help define the future of consumer financial platforms for Pakistan as well as the rest of the world.”

Together MCB and LUMS intend to make LUMS the first completely cashless campus in Pakistan where students, faculty and various other stakeholders will be able to carry out transactions using their mobile phones or the accompanying MCB Lite Visa Card. During the course of this project, MCB will pilot various cutting edge technologies such as Near Field Communications (NFC) and Mobile Point-of-Sale terminals.

About this new initiative, Head of Digital Banking at MCB, Qasif Shahid, expressed, “MCB sees LUMS as a driver of innovation and behaviour change in the Pakistani society. The university is full of bright and intelligent people open to adopting new, innovative technologies and payment types.” He further added, “We want students and faculty to experience the convenience of digital money and adopt these new payments types and business models in other aspects of their lives as well. Ultimately, we would love to see some of these intelligent individuals innovating and taking this concept further in directions not imaginable as yet.”

Saad Rafique Discusses Revitalisation of Pakistan Railways at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Saad Rafique Discusses Revitalisation of Pakistan Railways at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Saad Rafique Discusses Revitalisation of Pakistan Railways at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Saad Rafique Discusses Revitalisation of Pakistan Railways at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Faculty at the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) has voluntarily provided its services for revitalising the turn-around of Pakistan Railways, for which Khawaja Saad Rafique, Federal Minister Pakistan Railways visited LUMS on February 21, 2014 for an interactive session with the business school students. To achieve this goal, 16 PhDs hailing from the background of Finance, Marketing, Strategy, Organisation Development and Operations are currently working on various projects with Pakistan Railways. The objective is to support Pakistan Railways in providing quality public service to the masses in the country in a sustainable manner. This voluntary effort will also enhance the research activities at LUMS which would be beneficial for students as they will gain practical insights about public organisations. Work began on this project in late 2013 and is expected to continue until practical and feasible outcomes are reached considering the Pakistan’s socio-economic scenario.

The Federal Minister was accompanied by the management of Pakistan Railways: Mr. Anjum Pervaiz GM Operations, Mr. Javed Anwar Additional General Manager, Mr. Zubair Shafi Ghauri Chief Marketing Manager and Mr. Hanif Gul Director Vigilance while LUMS team was headed by Abdul Razaq Dawood, Rector of LUMS, Dr. Sohail H Naqvi, Vice Chancellor and Dr. Arif Nazir Butt, Dean of SDSB and hosted by the SDSB External Relations Department.

This visit is a continuation of senior business faculty’s visit to Pakistan Railway’s Head Quarters in which Pakistan Railways sought cooperation and concrete suggestions for revamping, restructuring and turn-around of railways. Different delegations from both sides are regularly meeting at the level of working groups headed by team leaders working day and night in the fields of Operations, Cost Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Strategy and Organisational Development.

CASM and PMS Arrange Lecture on Modelling of Epidemics – Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

CASM and PMS Arrange Lecture on Modelling of Epidemics – Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

CASM and PMS Arrange Lecture on Modelling of Epidemics - Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

CASM and PMS Arrange Lecture on Modelling of Epidemics – Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

The Centre for Advanced Studies in Mathematics (CASM) at LUMS and the Punjab Mathematical Society (PMS) arranged a Public Lecture at UET Lahore on February 22, 2014. This was the first of a series of lectures planned as a joint effort by CASM and PMS for highlighting exciting areas of Mathematical Research at LUMS and awareness for researchers and graduate students about the importance of the subject.

The lecture was delivered by Dr. Adnan Khan, Assistant Professor at the Mathematics department at LUMS. His lecture was titled ‘What are your chances of surviving a Zombie Apoclypse?’ His talk focused on Modelling of Epidemics and how such models can help inform public health authorities. To illustrate the ideas, he talked about a model for the outbreak of a Zombie epidemic and how various control strategies ranging from a quarantine of the zombie population to finding a cure for ‘zombi-ism’ to efficient ‘elimination’ of zombies, would fare in combating the outbreak. The 2011 Dengue outbreak in Lahore was also discussed.

Damaging Lady Willingdon Hospital : Punjab government issued notice on contempt petition

Damaging Lady Willingdon Hospital : Punjab government issued notice on contempt petition

LAHORE: Justice Abdus Sattar Asghar of the Lahore High Court on Monday issued a notice to the Punjab government on a contempt of court petition for allegedly making construction on the demolished portion of Lady Willingdon Hospital with an aim to construct a flyover at Azadi Chowk.
The judge sought a reply until today (Tuesday) in the contempt of court petition and also fixed the main case.
He also directed the counsels for both the parties to file their replies on each other’s contentions.
The government submitted a reply, giving plan for the demolition of the portion of the hospital. It stated that 14 different areas of the hospital would be demolished to complete the flyover.
The areas included portions of the maternity ward A and B, a kitchen, a portion of the doctors’ hostel, a general store and a chemical store. A law officer of the provincial government informed the court that there was a plan to construct these portions at some alternative places in the hospital, and in this regard, the medical superintendent of the hospital had also given the consent.
He said an amount of Rs 8.8 million would be spent on this project.
Counsel for the Young Doctors Association (petitioner) Muhammad Azhar Siddique submitted that the government was constructing alternative walls on the premises of the hospital to demark the place for demolition of its portion. He said it was a contempt of court, as they were doing it despite the stay order issued by the court against any such step.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Dr Yasmin Rashid and the Young Doctors Association had filed the petitions.
Azhar submitted that the government was wasting a huge amount of money from the public exchequer to build a flyover to strengthen the Metro Bus Service project.
He said that to complete this project; the government had planned to demolish a huge portion of this historical hospital. He submitted that the hospital was constructed on an area of 120 kanals 83 years ago, and a USAID team also showed its concern over the facilities there, and recommended upgrading the hospital, but the Punjab government showed no concern in this regard. He said that this hospital had a facility of 300 beds and people get treatment free of cost.
He submitted that at this hospital, 14,000 births take place every year, and about 500 patients get treatment daily.
He said that in proportion to the increase in population, health facilities were not increased at the hospital, and the government was curtailing the existing health facilities. Azhar submitted that the petitioner had already given a notice to the authorities concerned, about which they did not bother and were preparing to demolish the building.
He said that this step of demolishing the hospital was in violation of articles 14, 10A, 9, 24, 23, 19A, 16, 15 and 25A of the constitution.
He said due to the construction work at Azadi Chowk, ways to the hospital had been closed and the patients had to enter it by walking for several hundred yards.
He said that even for the construction of the flyover, no NOC had been obtained from the Environment Protection Department. He said to demolish the building of the hospital was also against the provision of the Walled City Act 2012, Antiquities Act, 1975, and the Punjab Special Premises Preservations 1985. He requested the court to declare the government decision to demolish the hospital building illegal, and direct it to preserve the facility.

Revolutionary programmes underway for youth empowerment

Revolutionary programmes underway for youth empowerment

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that the government is implementing revolutionary programmes for the empowerment of the youth, and that every effort will be made to make Punjab a model province.
Discussing development projects and uplift programmes with Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar at the Governor’s House on Monday, the CM said that the provincial government had diverted funds towards the welfare and betterment of the masses. He said that uplift projects worth billions of rupees were being executed expeditiously in a transparent manner. He said that backward areas were being paid special attention in this regard.
Referring to his recent visit to China, Shahbaz said that it had produced highly encouraging results and the Chinese leadership and officials of various companies during meetings with President Mamnoon Hussain and him had assured investment in the energy as well as other sectors.
He said that his visit to China was indeed the most successful visit of his entire political life, and had resulted in strengthening of economic and trade relations with China.
Describing the policies of the Punjab government as exemplary, Governor Sarwar said that the provincial government had taken practical measures in the real sense for the welfare and uplift of the masses.
Later, the CM accompanied by the governor visited the water filtration plant set up at the Government Girls’ High School, Governor’s House.
The CM was given a detailed briefing on the filtration plant. Shahbaz said that the Punjab government had evolved a comprehensive plan for the supply of potable water to the people, and a sum of Rs 10 billion had been allocated for this purpose in the current year.
He said that the Punjab government would ensure supply of clean drinking water to the entire province during the next five years.
Separately, Shahbaz gave formal approval to the launch of Punjab Khidmat Card programme from March 23, at a high-level meeting.
Under the programme, financial assistance would be provided to extremely low-income people of the province, while health and educational facilities would also be extended through the card under a phased programme. The meeting also considered setting up the Social Protection Authority, expanding the scope of Qarz-e-Hasna Scheme, establishing the Rozgar Bank and launching a health insurance scheme.
Addressing the meeting, the CM said that the government was implementing various projects for improving the living standard of the people and providing them maximum relief.
He said that the government had also decided to launch Punjab Khidmat Cards for providing relief to the poorest of the poor segments of society. He said that all-out resources would be provided for raising the living standard of the poor.
He said that the Punjab Khidmat Cards programme was a very important welfare project under which financial assistance would be provided to the extremely low-income people.
He said that the name and the national identity card number of the head of the family would be engraved on the Khidmat Card. He said that the Social Protection Authority would be set up to consolidate all welfare-oriented programmes of the Punjab government. He said that the revolutionary programme of provision of interest-free loans under the Chief Minister Self-Employment Scheme was continuing successfully, and loans of Rs 5 billion had so far been provided under the programme.

Around 20,000 book lovers get Readers Club membership

Around 20,000 book lovers get Readers Club membership

ISLAMABAD: The National Book Foundation (NBF) has taken a number of steps to inculcate book-reading habit among the masses, and in its recent drive of reviving the Readers Club Scheme, around 20,000 book lovers got the club membership cards.
Under this scheme, members can purchase books of their choice at a 50 percent discount, an official of the foundation told APP on Monday.
He said the most-awaited and popular Readers Club scheme earlier remained suspended for four years due to financial constraints and was launched again in November last year to promote the habit of book reading among the people.
“The scheme has been launched again in all major cities across the country,” he said. He further said, “The Planning Commission has released funds amounting to Rs 30 million for the purpose, and books will be sold to the members at a 50 percent discount.”
The NBF is endeavouring to revive the book-reading culture in the country, especially among the youth, to engage them in a healthy activity.
Besides promoting reading habits, he stated, it would encourage the overall book industry, help increase literacy rate, create reasonable demand for good quality reading material and motivate the younger generation to promote the reading culture in society.
The NBF is also running a number of schemes for book promotion and encouraging the reading habit among the masses, which include ‘book clubs’, ‘book ambassadors’, ‘donation of Pakistani books abroad’, ‘promotion of children literature’, ‘books for children and neo-literates’ and the ‘Braille press’.
Giving details, the official said that under these schemes, the NBF had established book clubs in villages and cities, Children’s Book Clubs, Prisoners’ Free Minds Book Clubs, Senior Citizens’ Book Clubs, Travellers’ Book Clubs (books on wheels), Flying Book Clubs and Hospital Book Clubs.
“The NBF has come up with another novel idea to appoint book-loving celebrities of the country as book ambassadors to play their role in promoting the book-reading habit,” he further said.
The scheme ‘donation of Pakistani books abroad’ aims at improving Pakistan’s image and introducing Pakistani culture abroad through books. Under this project, books are sent to Pakistani missions abroad and Pakistani chairs in foreign universities.
Printed copies of the selected manuscripts and books for children are purchased for free distribution to school libraries all over the country under the ‘promotion of children literature’, the NBF official said.
He added that cash awards were also given to the authors on their best books.
“The ‘books for children and neo-literates’ scheme envisages development of suitable manuscripts and publishing of good quality supplementary reading material for children,” he maintained.
The Braille books are provided to the visually disabled persons, almost free of cost. The Braille books include the Holy Quran with Urdu translation, which is one of its kind in the world, Bang-e-Dara, Bal-e-Jabriel along with more than 108 other publications of national importance, the official said.

Inter-collegiate competitions starts at Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG)

Inter-collegiate competitions starts at Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG)

ISLAMABAD: Inter collegiate competition started here on Tuesday at Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG) Post Graduate (PG) F-7/4 under the supervision of college student council.
On the first day, competitions of Qirat, Naat, Fresh flowers and Dry Flowers arrangements were held among students of 12 different colleges of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
The result ceremony was chaired by professor Ali Tariq from International Islamic University Islamabad.
According to results in Qirat competitions Yusra Bibi from IMCG G-10/4 stood 1st while Javeria Yaqoob from IMCG I-8/3 got second prize and Aisha Sadiqa of IMCG F-7/4 claimed third prize.

Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) makes efforts for promoting country’s languages

Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) makes efforts for promoting country’s languages

ISLAMABAD: Chairman, Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) Abdul Hameed said concrete efforts were being made to promote languages being spoken in the country. Talking in a meeting with a delegation of writers from Gilgit-Baltistan which called on him here, he said it was prime responsibility of the PAL to promote languages being spoken in the areas of Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral. Abdul Hameed further said that PAL has published translation of writings from Broshiski, Shina, Balti and Khawar languages and now in future it is planning to setup a provincial office in Gilgit. He said that PAL published translation of selected writings of these languages. However, he added, PAL is eager to build strong relations with writers from these areas so that they can be brought into the main stream. He said that this aim can only be obtained if one or more focal person is appointed to help PAL in keeping contact with writers of these areas. The head of delegation Abdul Khaliq Taj said that translation of literature help writers and readers understand the people of different regions and culture. He assured PAL to make an ample supply of translations in to Urdu of selected writings from languages of these areas for publication in PAL’s regular magazine. Ghulam Abbas Naseem pointed out ill situation of the needed and deserving writers in Gilgit Baltistan and requested to PAL to come forward to help them financially. The representative of literary organization “Khawar Qalam Qabila” Abdullah Shahab informed that this literary organization is working for better literary work.

5-day anti-polio drive continues successfully

5-day anti-polio drive continues successfully

RAWALPINDI: District Health Officer Dr Khalid Randhawa on Monday said that the five-day anti-polio immunisation campaign, which started on Monday, continues in the entire district in a successful manner.
He said that under the drive, more than 230,000 children had so far been administered the anti-polio vaccine.
He said that as many as 1,408 mobile health teams were operating in the areas to complete the task of immunisation.
He said that anti-polio drops were also being administered at 95 health centres in order to ensure that all children were covered during the campaign. He urged the citizens, particularly parents, to come forward and play their due role for the elimination of the crippling disease from society. “The parents should cooperate with the special teams so that the set target could be achieved,” he added.